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Ministry Tells Youths: Find Business To Add Value

Youths are encouraged to venture into any form of business of their interest. But  they always ensure that any venture is based on demand from members of the community that
22 Apr 2017 11:00
Ministry Tells Youths: Find Business To Add Value
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou.

Youths are encouraged to venture into any form of business of their interest. But  they always ensure that any venture is based on demand from members of the community that can boost the community’s economic activities.

This was stated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in a statement that highlighted the application dates for the 2017 National Youth Entrepreneurs Awards nomination being extended to April 27.

In the statement, the nominations were scheduled to close on April 17 when the award nomination was launched by Minister for youth and Sports,  Laisenia Tuitubou on  March 14.

However, the ministry said it had noted the delay in submissions of nominations at the divisional level.

Ten nominations were received from the Central and Western divisions only, according to the ministry.

“The ministry believes that by designing and organising such national events that recognise their achievements; we will only harness the creative abilities of young people and help spark entrepreneurial instincts and ultimately actions that create new services that will be experienced by all in the community,” the statement read.

According to the ministry, assistance is offered to youths and youth clubs who wish to venture into entrepreneurship.

The ministry provides training on “how to start businesses” before grants and materials are offered to kick-start their business in rural areas.

This includes small canteens, farms, poultry business, pig farms and so on.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation and other stakeholders will host the inaugural National Youth Entrepreneurship Awards on May 26 in Suva.

There will be three main awards and 13 special category awards and “The Rising Star Award”.

Mr Tuitubou said during the launch of the awards last month, that “The Rising Star Award” recognises aspiring entrepreneur(s) who have yet to be successful or yet to launch into business and who are able to present a unique, competitive and potential business concept and strategy in their nomination application.

“This award encourages nominations of school age youths who have business ideas and have yet to turn them into reality.

“We will provide you with the full details of all award categories after this conference,” Mr Tuitubou said.

This year’s theme is: “Dream big, Make it Happen”.

EDITED BY: IVAMERE NATARO

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